Seeking freedom, Palestinian in 3rd month of hunger strike

Advocacy groups say a Palestinian detainee who has been on a hunger strike for two months to press for his release is determined to continue despite deteriorating health.

Bilal Kayed, 34, began the fast June 14, after Israel ordered him held for six months without charges, immediately following his completion of a 14-and-a-half-year prison term for shooting at Israeli troops. Qadoura Fares of the Palestinian Prisoners' Club group said Sunday that he is concerned adding so-called administrative detention on to prison terms could signal a new policy. Israel's Prison Service had no immediate comment.

The advocacy group Addameer said after visiting Kayed last week that he is shackled to an Israeli hospital bed and suffers from severe pain, blurred vision, numbness, hair loss and yellowness and peeling of the skin.